Comparison and Contrast of Two Poems by Robert Frost

Published: 2021-07-01
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Robust Frost was a poet from the United States who used his poems to look at philosophical themes as well as cultural complex. He is one of the most acknowledged poets of the 20th century. However, Robert Frost has several poems, including; 'The Road Not Taken' and also 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.' In this paper, I will compare and contrast the two poems and also discuss the poetic devices, figurative language, lyrical theme and other important elements in the two poems.

Robust Frost's poems The Road Not Taken' and stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening' have strong similarities. In these two poems, the poet is an adventure and halts. He shows the period of the year from "The Road Not Taken" as well as an early winter in the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." The poet is in solitude in both poems and is by all accounts having anxious sentiments and feelings. In both poems, the poet needs to proceed onward on the grounds since he cannot stay in the woods by himself. In the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" the speaker proceeds onward because he recalls that he has commitments to accomplish. Similarly, in "The Road Not Taken" the poet proceeds onward because he needs to settle on a decision between one road and the other. Therefore, the speaker appears to be fascinated and astounded by the magnificence of nature, yet compelled to take care of the matter of living. When making his decisions, the poet reflects a distinctive human reaction.

The two poems have limited differences. In the poem The Road Not Taken,' the poet picks the unusual way in making his decisions when he says, I took the ones less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.' Along these lines, he demonstrates his uniqueness and testing his mind-set. However, in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' he looks for existence with no torment and free-for-all yet toward the end, he needs to consent to social commitment, which mirrors his duty towards the general public.

In the two poems, Robert Frost uses poetic devices to develop the poem's meaning and intensify the rhythm. He uses alliteration In Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' when he says, whose woods these are I think I know.' The place seems familiar to the poet, yet he keeps wandering there; likely he is an impostor. Additionally, in The Road Not Taken' he uses assonance. This is a repetition of several vowel sounds in one line in a poem. These reflect when he says, the road diverge in a yellow wood.' The vowel O appears in the name roads' as well as yellow.'

Robert Frost used figurative language in his two poems. These writing techniques help the audience to create images in their minds, even if they do not exist. Some symbolic expressions in the poem The Road Not Taken' are symbolism for instance, when he says, two roads diverge in a yellow wood.' The road symbolizes his journey. The reality that this poem is set at harvest time, shown by the way that the leaves are yellow, can likewise be viewed as an image. Harvest time frequently symbolizes the later years, and in this situation, the imagery helps us imagine the poet as a more seasoned individual who has many years in this road of life. Likewise, in the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' the poet uses imagery. Imagery consists of what the poet pictures in his mind, for instance, when he says, the other sounds the sweep of easy wind and downy flake.' The audience can imagine the thrilling sounds of the wind.

When Robert Frost was writing these two poems, he focused on one major theme; making decisions on his journey. The choices he makes are connected to his future, and he hopes all his decisions will bring various changes in his life. In The Road Not Taken' the poet chooses a steep road not sure whether his choice will bring him a better life. However, in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' the poet says, The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep.' This choice interprets that, the poet has the urge to learn new things in his life.


The two poems by Robert Frost are based on a dangerous adventure. The poet chooses different roads and makes difficult decisions of never turning back. However, the two poems follow a natural rhythm in their first stanzas. In The Road Not Taken' the writer has a rhythm of baab.' While Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' has an aaba.' This rhythm emphasizes the on the distress of nature in his life.

Work cited

Frost, R. (1962). The road not taken. Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

Frost, R. (1923). 'Stopping by woods on a snowy evening.' Chapbook, 23, 36, 3.

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